Social Anxiety, Emotional Intelligence, and Interpersonal Adjustment

  • Laura J. Summerfeldt
  • Patricia H. Kloosterman
  • Martin M. Antony
  • James D. A. Parker


There has been no published investigation made of the relationship between social anxiety and emotional intelligence (EI), or of their shared impact upon interpersonal adjustment. This study examined these questions using structural equation modeling with self-report data from a large nonclinical sample (N = 2629). EI was found to be highly related to social interaction anxiety, but not performance anxiety. A model permitting these three predictors to inter-correlate indicated that the EI factor was the dominant predictor of interpersonal adjustment, substantially reducing the unique contribution made by interaction anxiety. This pattern reflected the principal contributions made to interaction anxiety by the interpersonal and, particularly, intrapersonal domains of EI.

Key words

social anxiety emotional intelligence adjustment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura J. Summerfeldt
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Patricia H. Kloosterman
    • 1
  • Martin M. Antony
    • 2
  • James D. A. Parker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  2. 2.Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyTrent UniversityPeterboroughCanada

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